Linux on Lenovo t410s #3: Installing a Browser

Short Version

  1. Install ffmpeg:
    apt-get install ffmpeg
  2. Download all latest amd64 debs from: http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/c/chromium-browser/
  3. Install by running (change to match the downloaded version):
    dpkg -i chromium-browser_5.0.375.55~r47796-1_amd64.deb chromium-browser-inspector_5.0.375.55~r47796-1_all.deb chromium-browser-l10n_5.0.375.55~r47796-1_all.deb chromium-codecs-ffmpeg_0.5+svn20091210r34297+34315+35016-0ubuntu1~ucd1~0.1_amd64.deb
    You’ll get an error for missing packages, that’s OK.
  4. Install missing packages by running:
    apt-get install -f
  5. Get flashplayer:
    apt-get install falshplugin-nonfree

Long Version

Although KDE’s supplied Konquerer is not bad, and its engine was the foundation to today’s modern WebKit, it is outdated. The rekonq browser which is in development is showing good signs of development, it will take some time to reach stability.

If you like Firefox, you’ll have to install it manually from Mozilla, use a daily non-stable repository (not recommended). You can also get the official Debian version without the branding a.ka Iceweasel (apt-get install iceweasel), but this is quite an old version of Firefox (3.5.9).
Mozilla and Linux have a long history of partial cooperation, for a very justified gripe see this post.

On the upside of things, chromium browser can be installed. Chromium is an open-source browser released by Google, and is the base to Google Chrome. At the moment it is can only be found in the unstable repository. This is only because it is not considered for the upcoming squeeze release, not due to stability issues. For more information see here.

  1. Install ffmpeg, the media player  used by chromium:
    apt-get install ffmpeg
  2. The latest version of chromium-browser can be found at the main unstable repository, here:
    http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/c/chromium-browser/
  3. After downloading, install all the packages in one shot, with one dpkg -i command, for example:
    dpkg -i chromium-browser_5.0.375.55~r47796-1_amd64.deb chromium-browser-inspector_5.0.375.55~r47796-1_all.deb chromium-browser-l10n_5.0.375.55~r47796-1_all.deb chromium-codecs-ffmpeg_0.5+svn20091210r34297+34315+35016-0ubuntu1~ucd1~0.1_amd64.deb
    The system needs a few more packages, so we’ll use the automagic of apt-get to satisfy them. This is why we get the error message.
  4. Allow apt-get to download and install missing packages by running:
    apt-get install -f
  5. You’ll probably want Adobe’s Flash player, although there are several open-source replacements, they are still incomplete in terms of full support. To install, use Debian’s wrapper that gets the latest 64-bit native version of Flash player from Adobe:
    apt-get install falshplugin-nonfree
    Note: Sound will not work until we fix it permanently with new version of Alsa and a new Kernel. Update on this matter will be posted soon.

Chromium give most of the capabilities of the commercial version, including extensions, bookmarks sync and skins. Visit Google’s page for extensions like AdBlock.

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